Residents of Hawaii, or mainland travelers who visit the islands frequently each year, can find a bargain in a "TriPark Pass" being sold for entry into Hawai‘i Volcanoes, Pu‘uhonua o Honaunau, and Haleakala national park entrance stations.
Passes purchased in December can be used starting January 1, 2011, and are valid for entrance to all three parks for one year.
"The TriPark Pass makes a unique holiday gift," Hawaii Volcanoes Superintendent Cindy Orlando said. "It’s a great way to share the wonder of Hawaii’s parks with family and friends."
The new edition of the $25 pass features a painting of ‘ulei by Hilo artist John Dawson. A member of the rose family, ‘ulei is a sprawling native shrub that grows in all three parks. Its flowers and leaves are used in lei and for medicine, while its tough wood is used to fashion ‘o‘o (digging sticks) and hoops for fish nets.
Eighty percent of the pass purchase price is invested in projects that enhance a park visitor’s safety, access, and enjoyment. Parks use the money to rehabilitate hiking trails; provide waysides and brochures that interpret distinctive natural and cultural features; improve survival of endangered native species; and more.
For information call Hawai‘i Volcanoes’ fee office at 808-985-6151.